NFL Roster Cuts Include RB Derrick Ward, WR Antonio Bryant

NFL roster cuts are around the corner and teams are starting early. By Tuesday, Aug. 31, NFL teams have to go from 80 to 75 players.

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NFL Roster Cuts: Patriots Surprisingly Place CB Leigh Bodden On IR, Get Down To 75 Players

The Patriots surprised a few people on Tuesday placing CB Leigh Bodden on injured reserve ending his season.

The Patriots placed three more players on IR: S Josh Barrett, DB Brett Lockett and DL Darryl Richard.

DB Terrence Johnson was also waived making him the fifth roster move to get the Patriots from 80 to 75 players.

Bodden was signed a four-year, $22 million deal this offseason after playing in 2009 on a one-year deal. He made his preseason debut just last week after missing several weeks of practice.

Bodden's injury is reportedly a torn rotator cuff.

Check out Pats Pulpit for more on the Patriots roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Malcolm Kelly To IR Means Redskins Only Need To Make Four Cuts

The Redskins on Tuesday announced that receiver Malcolm Kelly is headed to injured reserve ending his 2010 season before it even started. There was speculation that he could be released.

This means that by the Redskins now only have to make four cuts Tuesday afternoon to get down to the maximum 75 players. Kelly doesn't count against the roster now that he's on IR.

The Washington Post reports that Tuesday morning "Just about every player was present during the portion of practice that's open to the media."

The deadline for roster cuts comes at 4:00 p.m.

Follow all the Redskins roster cuts at Hogs Haven.


NFL Roster Cuts: Bucs Release RB Derrick Ward One Year After $17 Million Contract

The Buccaneers released three players on Tuesday to get down to the NFL's mandated roster limit of 75 players.

Moving on are RB Derrick Ward, WR Terrence Nunn and LB Jon Alston, according to Pewter Report.

Ward was signed last offseason to a four-year, $17 million deal. The move, according to Pewter Report, will save the Bucs about $3 million base salary.

Just hours before he was released, Ward spoke to the media about rumors surrounding his release.

“No, it does not bother me at all,” Ward said of rumors about his release. “If I worried about what you guys said in the media I wouldn’t be having a job. I’m just coming out here to play ball and the coach is going to do what is best for the team, which is keep the top-53.”

Check out Bucs Nation for more on the Bucs roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Jets Waive QB Kevin O'Connell, Trim Roster To 74 Players

The Jets are required to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. They did one better getting down to 74 players by releasing QB Kevin O'Connell on Tuesday morning.

O'Connell was originally a 2008 third round pick by the Patriots before being released last summer. He signed with the Lions and was later traded to the Jets. He hardly impressed in preseason going 8-for-16 for 70 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns.

As SB Nation's Gang Green Nation wrote, this would appear to mean that Kellen Clemens has the third QB job.

Check out Gang Green Nation for more on the Jets roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Chiefs Get Down To 75 Players

The Kansas City Chiefs have completed the initial round of roster cuts. On Sunday morning, their roster stood at 80 players and now it's at 75.

To get down to 75 players, the Chiefs released T/G Tyler Eastman, RB Kestahn Moore, TE Cody Slate and QB Bill Stull on Sunday.

On Tuesday, they completed their cuts releasing WR Lance Long.

Check out Arrowhead Pride for more on the Chiefs roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Steelers Release Four, Put One On IR To Get Down To 75

The Steelers have trimmed their roster down to 75 players in advance of Tuesday afternoon's deadline.

Gone are OL Adrian Jones, CB David Pittman, FB Dwayne Wright and LB Brandon Renkart.

The Steelers also placed fifth round pick Chris Scott on Reserve/PUP, which means he'll be out for the first six weeks of the season.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Giants Get Down To 75 Players, Place WR Sinorice Moss, QB Jim Sorgi On IR

The Giants on Tuesday trimmed their roster to 75 players before the 4:00 p.m. (EDT) deadline by placing a few players on injured reserve ending their seasons.

Going on IR is WR Sinorice Moss, QB Jim Sorgi and LB Adrian Tracy.

Moss has been with the Giants since 2006 and recently had a groin injury that's been slowing him. He had surgery Tuesday morning to repair the problem but his season is still over.

Sorgi, the long-time backup to AB Peyton Manning with the Colts, was signed over the offseason. His IR stint leaves the Giants with QB Rhett Bomar as the backup. They'll take a look at veteran options.

The Giants also put OL Kevin Boothe on Reserve/PUP putting him out for at least the first six weeks of the season. They also waived rookie WR Nyan Boateng.

Check out Big Blue View for more on the Giants roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Jets Get Down To 75 Players, Release WR Laveranues Coles

The Jets have until Tuesday to get down to 75 players but they started early and released five players including WR Laveranues Coles.

SB Nation's Gang Green Nation weighs in on Coles' release.

Coles really wasn't give much of a chance to prove himself, obviously he didn't show Rex enough in training to make him want to keep him around. In his 3rd stint with the Jets, many expected him to provide suitable cover for Santonio Holmes during the first four weeks of the season.

He won't get the opportunity to be Holmes' replacement.

The Jets also released receivers Marcus Henry and Aundrae Allison, as well as defensive lineman Rodrique Wright.

Check out Gang Green Nation for the latest on the Jets roster cuts.


NFL Roster Cuts: Bengals Release WR Antonio Bryant

In the first week of free agency in March 2010, the Cincinnati Bengals signed WR Antonio Bryant to a four-year, $28 million contract. That included $8 million guaranteed.

Fast forward nearly six months and the Bengals have released him.

The move is surprising but not completely shocking. Newsday's Bob Glauber reported last week that the Bengals were prepared to make this move.

The Bengals signed WR Terrell Owens making some think Bryant would be expendable. At one point he was a candidate to start the season on the PUP list because of injury issues.

In 2008, Bryant signed with the Bucs for the league minimum. The next year the Bucs gave him the franchise tag so, along with his $8 million the Bengals, he's earned nearly $18 million in just one year.

Check out Cincy Jungle for more on Antonio Bryant's release.

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